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Ten States, Including California Have Zero-Emission Vehicle Rules

Under California rules adopted by nine states, including New York and New Jersey, carmaker 15 percent of vehicle sales by 2025 will have to be electric, plug-in and hydrogen-powered.

Published: 23-Jun-2013

Automakers are coming under increasing pressure to sell zero-emission vehicles to U.S. consumers who haven't shown much interest in them, with more states following California's lead in setting sales targets.

Nine states, including New York and New Jersey, have adopted versions of California's goal of having electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen-powered models reach 15 per cent of its new-car purchases by 2025.

Automakers face fines and potentially restrictions on sales for not reaching the targets. One model made to meet the standards, Honda Motor Co.'s plug-in electric Fit, had total U.S. sales of 83 through May, according to market-researcher Autodata Corp.

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